June 15, 2015: Comeback in 11th Stuns Jays
|Date: June 15, 2015|
|Mets starter: Noah Syndergaard|
|Blue Jays: 3|
|Winning pitcher: Hansel Robles|
|Key player(s): Lucas Duda, Wilmer Flores|
|Key play: Duda's and Flores's singles|
The Mets faced the Blue Jays on a Monday night at Citi Field. The teams played the opener of a four-game, home-and-home interleague series. The Mets scored twice in the 11th inning for a 4-3 win over Toronto.
With two outs in the top of the first, Jose Bautista slugged a solo home run against Mets' starter Noah Syndergaard. Edwin Encarnacion drew a walk and advanced to third base on a single by Chris Colabello. Syndergaard struck out Dioner Navarro to end the inning and the Jays' Mark Buehrle set down the side in order in the bottom half.
Syndergaard and Buehrle each pitched scoreless ball from the second inning to the fifth. Noah hurled a perfect top of the sixth and Kevin Plawecki reached on shortstop Jose Reyes' error to begin the bottom of the inning. Plawecki moved to second base on Syndergaard's sacrifice bunt and came around to score on Juan Lagares's double. Ruben Tejada followed with a double to drive home Lagares for a 2-1 Mets lead. Buehrle then retired both Michael Cuddyer and Lucas Duda on infield ground balls for the inning's final outs.
Mets' reliever Carlos Torres pitched a perfect top of the seventh. Buehrle shut down the Mets in the bottom half and pinch-hitter Justin Smoak drew a one-out walk against New York's Jack Leathersich in the top of the eighth. Reyes hit a force play grounder to third baseman Tejada. Jeurys Familia came in to pitch for the Mets and struck out Josh Donaldson to finish off the inning. Toronto reliever Steve Delabar then retired the side 1-2-3 in the bottom half.
Leading off the top of the ninth, Bautista hit his second homer to tie the game at 2-2. Encarnacion doubled and Colabello lined out to first baseman Duda. Navarro drew a walk and Kevin Pillar's ground out to second baseman Dilson Herrera advanced the runners to second and third. Familia fanned Danny Valencia for the inning's third out. Blue Jays' reliever Roberto Osuna then hurled a perfect bottom half to send the game onward.
Mets' reliever Hansel Robles retired the side in order in the top of the 10th. Toronto's Aaron Loup did the same in the bottom of the inning and Ezequiel Carrera drew a walk with one out in the top of the 11th. Carrera moved to third base on Colabello's single and came home on Navarro's sacrifice fly, giving the Jays a 3-2 lead. Pillar then grounded back to Robles to close out the inning.
Tejeda drew a walk against Jays' reliever Brett Cecil with one out in the bottom of the 11th. Cuddyer followed with a force play ground ball to second baseman Valencia. With the Mets down to their final out, Duda lifted a single into a wide-open left field that allowed Cuddyer to score all the way from first, tying the game. On his own hit, Lucas advanced to second via a throw. Liam Hendricks came in to pitch for Toronto and was greeted by Wilmer Flores with a single that brought home Duda. The Mets had an amazing comeback win.
- The win for Robles was the first of his major league career.
- The Mets' victory ended an 11-game winning streak for the Blue Jays.